Wednesday, November 01, 2006

494 years later...

... the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are still some of the most preciated paintings in the world. It is recorded that exactly on November 1, 1512, the painting works on the ceiling were finished, after four years of work. In fact, it would be difficult to assign them a monetary value. Their intrinsic value is huge; those frescoes were painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti, commissioned by Pope Julius II. According to the legend, Michelangelo painted the frescoes standing over a high platform built by himself (although some people believe that he painted it laying on his back, but this is generally believed to be fictional). During nights, he was lit by candle light, so he could continue working even in the darkness. Not surprisingly, it is said that after Michaelangelo was done with the painting of this ceiling, he suffered of back and neck problems for the rest of his life, as he spent so much time facing upwards. Also, it is common to hear that some fresh paint dropped into his eyes from time to time, for which he also suffered of vision problems afterwards.
The final paintings contain several biblical passages and people, and according to many, it is the most impressive painting in the world (considering its surface, mixture of colors, and perfection of its shapes).
A wonder of the world originated during the Middle Ages, today this chapel is located in the Vatican City and it receives millions of tourists per year. If you travel there any of these days, just remember: don't use your camera's flash to take pictures inside the chapel!
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